Why You Should Buy an HVAC System, Not Just a Replacement Unit

Why You Should Buy an HVAC System, Not Just a Replacement UnitWhat should you do if an HVAC system–either your furnace or air conditioner–malfunctions: Get it repaired with a new component or replace the whole system? Since these things have a way of happening at the least convenient time, it’s a decision that will probably put you on the spot and require a quick response.

To prepare you in advance to make an informed decision, here are some of the things you will need to consider when an HVAC system fails.

Age of the system

There’s a tipping point in the expected service life of any mechanical device. When it’s past that point, repairing/replacing individual components is rarely worth it anymore. A gas-fired furnace can be expected to last 15 to 20 years and a central A/C 10 to 15 years. In general, once these units are nearing the end of that road, replacing the system makes more sense than repairing parts in it.

Major malfunction or minor?

Not all breakdowns are equal. If the unit is out of warranty, failure of particular components is usually a deal-breaker when it comes to repairing a system that’s exceeded half its expected service life. Replacing a cracked heat exchanger in a gas furnace or a defective air conditioner compressor is generally so costly that a new system is a better buy.

Underperforming efficiency

If the rated energy efficiency of an older furnace or A/C is lagging far behind the present standard, it’s costing you extra money every time you turn it on. A considerable repair bill on top of that might be the last straw that motivates you to replace the whole instead of fixing part.

Future plans

Is relocating in your immediate future? Repairing the system may be the right call (however, also consider that a new furnace or A/C adds value to the home and is a positive selling point.) If you expect to stay for more than another season or two, however, replacement is the better option.

Paitson Bros., the go-to heating/cooling professionals since 1922, can help you make the right decision to keep or replace your HVAC system.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 812-645-6859.

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